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stars end

by blow up hollywood

"stars end" is an improvised 39 minute musical experiment that was recorded live from the WXPN radio studios in Philadelphia in November of 2004.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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September of 2004 - John Diliberto, host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Echoes", invited us to perform live in the studio in Philadelphia for a special broadcast of his show. Jeff Towne engineered and Chuck Van Zyl from WXPN took photos. Afterwards, we drank wine and ate pasta in a small Italian restaurant nearby. After dinner The band performed an impromptu concert at the table. John, Jeff, and Chuck quickly joined us, along with our managers and other guests on spoons, glasses, wine bottles and vocals. Sound exploded everywhere as all the patrons and employees at the restaurant joined in the melee.

November of 2004 - Jeff and Chuck invited the band to perform for their concert series "The Gatherings," at St. Mary's Church in Philadelphia. Afterwards, Chuck invited the band back to WXPN studios to perform live on the air. We arrived late - 1:45 a.m. - after French food and battling traffic. Jeff rushed to set up microphones and connect wires. We drank wine with John Garaguso from Progressive Soundscape, our managers Karen Lee and Karen Doran, and other guests. We asked Chuck what we should play, and he gave us free reign. We improvised for an hour.

Stars End was recorded live on November 14th, 2004, at WXPN radio station in Philadelphia. The CD is titled after Chuck Van Zyl's show "Stars End" which has aired every Saturday night since 1976. It was engineered and mixed by Jeff Towne.

The recording is due in large part and dedicated to Chuck Van Zyl, Jeff Towne, John Diliberto, Karen Lee, Karen Doran, John Garaguso, Spencer Gordon and Jessica Shaw.

Instrumentation - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, cello, harmonica, wine bottle, tibetan singing bowl, vocals, dinner bell, small gong, whistling.


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Dale Reinhart

Improvisational Genius!
It's hard to believe this is pure improv for 40 minutes straight. It's that good!!!!


They can pull off ANYTHING...even on the spot!
I've dabbled a bit in various instruments (ie: violin) and am AMAZED this was improvisational. I am especially drawn to the strings and eventual singing/chanting and guitar. Truly does seem like space...or stars end which never do end. Only a tight group of musicians could pull this sort of thing off.

j star

the space between the static
Totally improvised, free of form, haunting and hypnotizing...i listened to it on the plane and it made the ride smooth. blow up hollywood knows how to take you on a journey into your won thoughts..or even better to that quiet place between thoughts. they do this by cleverly mixing natural and manipulated sounds, weaving them rather than sequencing them...always unique